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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Leading a Quiet Life


These crazy, uncertain days can sometimes be overwhelming.  Even if you don't watch/read the news, it still filters in to every day life.  We need to make an intentional effort to drown that out because it will suck you in and take you down.  

The first thing is to remember that God is sovereign and in control.  Do I understand what He is doing in our country (and the world)?  No, but I can trust Him.  Faith over feelings.  Early on when the pandemic and lockdowns began, the Lord gave me this verse:  "He will have no fear of bad news; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord."  (Ps. 112:7)  The bad news will come but He tells us to not fear.  How?  By steadfastly trusting in Him.   And to trust Him, you have to know Him--by spending much time in the Word and in prayer.  Do we spend more time researching about the virus/vaccines/politics than we do studying and applying the Word of God.  What is first?  Am I filtering the world events through the Word of God?  

Second, as Elisabeth Elliot says, "Do the next thing".  There are many, many things around my home that need to get done.  If I waste time scrolling through news stories or upset about the world events, I am not going to do those things that He has called me to do.  I can create a haven of rest for myself and my husband; for my children and grandchildren.  If things go bad as is predicted (but who knows, right?  Only God!), then our homes will be a place of refuge.  We can fill our homes with beauty and simple living.  Those things bring peace to our souls when our homes are clean and well-run.  Simple things like that make a big difference!

Lastly, don't forsake gathering together.  I know some have genuine health issues and cannot safely be with others but there are many who are staying home from church because of convenience or because they got used to being home and watching services online.  Resist that urge!  Gather together with your brothers and sisters in Christ.  It is so needed.  I know I need that boost on the first day of the week to equip me to press on.  I need the encouragement from my fellow believers.  I need to hear--in person--the Word of God being preached.  If you are in a small/fellowship group, gather together with them also--in person--in order to love and encourage one another.  

Times may get better or they may get worse, God alone knows wha the future will bring,  but we are called to not live in fear but to continue on in the things that He has called us to do.  Trust Him and go about your day in His strength.  

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Autumn Splendor

 While running errands yesterday, I stopped to take a few pictures of the gorgeous autumn trees.  Tomorrow and Thursday we are getting heavy rain so I think most of these leaves will be gone by the weekend.  We have had a wonderful stretch of late summer-like weather lately but changes are coming!








"...Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest."  (Jeremiah 5:24b)


Monday, November 09, 2020

Home


“I believe that a godly home is a foretaste of heaven. Our homes, imperfect as they are, must be a haven from the chaos outside. They should be a reflection of our eternal home, where troubled souls find peace, weary hearts find rest, hungry bodies find refreshment, lonely pilgrims find communion, and wounded spirits find compassion.” ― Jani Ortlund

“If God is good, and if He wants us to subdue this planet, and if He wants us to obey the Great Commission and conquer this world for Christ, and if He tells half the human race that they're in charge of tending the home, it follows from this that the home is actually one of the most strategic and important tools by which the world will be won.” ― Rebekah Merkle

Being a homemaker is more important than ever.  This world does not bring us peace so our homes need to be a place of refuge.  When all the world is in chaos, which it seems it has been since March, then our homes should reflect the quiet and peace of the Lord.  Elisabeth Elliot says we are to "do the next thing"; meaning, don't fret or worry about things that are out of our control but quietly and steadily go about the business for which you have been called.

For me, that is all aspects of homemaking, serving in my local church, and working my (super) part-time job at a local pregnancy help center.  These are my sphere of influence.  May I be faithful to the things He has given me to do. 


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Busy Craft Days

The past few weeks I have been holed up in my craft room making cards.  I sell them to a local Christian bookstore and the owner needed to replenish her supply.  I am usually listening to an audio book or podcast while I'm designing and putting the cards together.  It's very relaxing but can be quite messy so I'm always happy when the project is completed and everything can be put away!  It won't last too long, though, as I will need to get started on Christmas cards in a few weeks.  



















 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Sunday Hymn on Monday

 


The Trusting Heart to Jesus Clings

The trusting heart to Jesus clings,
Nor any ill forbodes,
But at the cross of Calv'ry, sings,
Praise God for lifted loads!

Refrain:
Singing I go along life's road,
Praising the Lord, praising the Lord,
Singing I go along life's road,
For Jesus has lifted my load.

The passing days bring many cares,
"Fear not," I heard Him say,
And when my fears are turned to prayers,
The burdens slip away.

He tells me of my Father's love,
And never slumb'ring eye,
My everlasting King above
Will all my needs supply.

When to the throne of grace I flee,
I find the promises true,
The mighty arms upholding me
Will bear my burdens too.

(Eliza E. Hewitt)

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Sunday Hymn

 

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus,

all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit,

O what needless pain we bear,

all because we do not carry

everything to God in prayer!

 

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged;

take it to the Lord in prayer!

Can we find a friend so faithful

who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

take it to the Lord in prayer!

 

Are we weak and heavy laden,

cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge--

take it to the Lord in prayer!

Do your friends despise, forsake you?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In his arms he'll take and shield you;

you will find a solace there.


(Joseph M. Scriven)

 

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Sunday Hymn

It is Well with My Soul


When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

 

Refrain:

It is well, with my soul,

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

 

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,

And hath shed His own blood for my soul. [Refrain]

 

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!

My sin, not in part but the whole,

Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! [Refrain]

 

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:

If Jordan above me shall roll,

No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life

Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul. [Refrain]

 

But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,

The sky, not the grave, is our goal;

Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!

Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul! [Refrain]

 

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,

Even so, it is well with my soul. [Refrain]


(Horatio G. Stafford)

Monday, August 17, 2020

Praise the Lord

 


"Doth not all nature around me praise God? If I were silent, I should be an exception to the universe. Doth not the thunder praise Him as it rolls like drums in the march of the God of armies? Do not the mountains praise Him when the woods upon their summits wave in adoration? Doth not the lightning write His name in letters of fire? Hath not the whole earth a voice? And shall I, can I, silent be?" -- Charles Spurgeon

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Sunday Hymn


Rise Up, O Church of God


Rise up, O Church of God!

Have done with lesser things;

Give heart and mind and soul and strength

To serve the King of kings.

 

Rise up, O Church of God!

His kingdom tarries long;

Bring in the day of brotherhood

And end the night of wrong.

 

Rise up, O sons of God!

The Church for you doth wait,

Her strength unequal to her task,

Rise up, and make her great!

 

Lift high the cross of Christ!

Tread where His feet have trod;

As foll'wers of the Son of Man,

Rise up, O Church of God!


(William P. Merrill)